7: Maintaining Mental and Environmental Wellness During  A Pandemic


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Did you know that several research articles have observed a link in air pollution and mental illnesses (such as depression, dementia, anxiety, and suicide)? I sure didn't!
In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Michelle Borunda, a licensed clinical social worker from Fort Worth, Texas. Michelle works with adolescents and adults on life transitions, anxiety, trauma, and many other mental health obstacles. Michelle and I talk about the mental health challenges of social distancing and sheltering in place. She gives us all relatable tips on how to support healthcare workers, how to compartmentalize work and home life, ideas on how to talk to children about the coronavirus, and positive ways to take care of your mental health. She also describes symptoms of anxiety and depression, and how and where to reach out for help. If you're thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline Network is available 24/7 across the United States at 1800-273-8255 or www.sucidepreventionlifeline.org.

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Reports and articles discussed in the intro:
C. Brokamp, J.R. Strawn, A.F. Beck, and P. Ryan, Pediatric Psychiatric Emergency Department Utilization and Fine Particulate Matter: A Case-Crossover Study. Environmental Health Perspectives, 127 (9)(2019).
S. Roberts, L, Arseneault, B. Barratt, S. Beevers, A. Danese, C.L. Odgers, T.E. Moffitt, A. Reuben, F.J. Kelly, H.L. Fisher, Exploration of NO2 and PM2.5 air pollution and mental health problems using high-resolution data in London-based children from a UK longitudinal cohort study. Psychiatry Research, 272 pp 8-17.

Nicole Pajar, 'How To Support People In Health Care Working During Coronavirus,' HuffPost.

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